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Gifts for the First Time Cat Owner

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My first cat was a six-week-old kitten that imprinted on two large dogs as her mother. She was a little bit crazed if truth be told, and I wish I’d prepared myself at least a little bit before bringing home a bedraggled kitten, abandoned and scared, that would grow up to be a loving but slightly crazy and fierce bird huntress. These gifts for the first time cat owner would have definitely helped. 

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It all turned out ok but we still pass along our experiences to spare other new owners the pain of being broken in by their new kitty friend.

Gifts Ideas for Someone Who Just Got a Cat

Gifts for the First Time Cat Owner: Light grey t-shirt on a wooden ganger with a drawing of a cat and areas you can pat them.

Cat Petting Guide Tee

An essential guide for new cat owners lest you venture into the Certain Death Zone. Though I lived to tell the tale, it wasn’t pretty.

Best Gifts for the First Time Cat Owner – Cat Cave

Every cat owner is going to need a place for their new family member to sleep. Making the cat feel at home is essential in making the process a smooth transition. 

The Cat Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice on Lifetime Maintenance (Owner's and Instruction Manual Book 3)

The Cat Owner’s Manual

This manual would have helped a whole lot in those pre-internet days.

Two cat bowl dishes, one white with a fish on it and one blue with a cats head on it.

Cat Bowls

Every kitty needs their own special bowls, better to pick out a set before the kitten decides that the best china is the only thing they’ll drink out of.

JW Pet GripSoft Cat Nail Clippers Non-Slip Handle, One Size Fits All

Nail Clippers

Clipping cat nails is actually far easier than it seems but you might need a second person to hold them still for the first few times.

Litter Genie Plus Pail (Silver) | Cat Litter Box Waste Disposal System for Odor Control | Includes 1 Square Refill Bag

Litter Odor Control Pail

No one wants to have to smell that smell every single time they walk into the bathroom! Save yourselves.

The Original Gorilla Grip 100% Waterproof Cat Litter Box Trapping Mat 35x23, Easy Clean, Textured Backing, Traps Mess for Cleaner Floors, Less Waste, Stays in Place for Cats, Soft on Paws, Gray

Litter Trap Mat

Cats will scatter some litter when they first step out of their litter box, give them some runway to do their thing and make it easier for yourself to clean.

iPrimio Cat Litter Scoop Metal w/ Deep Shovel, Black - Non Stick Plated Aluminum Cat Litter Scooper with Holder - Litter Box Scooper - Metal Cat Litter Scoop - Patented Sifter w/ Holder - Solid Handle

Litter Scooper

You absolutely, definitely, positively want to use a dedicated scoop for THIS job.

Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box, Pewter

Litter Box

One of the better litter boxes out there, the new cat will enjoy using this box. Which is good because that means they’re not using your rug, or your shoes.

ARM & HAMMER Clump & Seal Platinum Cat Litter, Multi-Cat, 40 lbs (Pack of 1)

Clump & Seal Clumping Litter

Like diapers for newborns, the gift of a good litter is always appreciated and eventually gets used.

Grey couch with a tan scratching post attached to it with a cat sleeping on top of the couch.

Couch Corner Cat Scratching Post

Making virtue out of necessity, you can protect your couches while giving kitty an acceptable surface on which to sharpen those claws.

DISCONTINUED: FELINE GREENIES FLAVOR FUSION Dental Cat Treats Ocean Fish and Tempting Tuna Flavors 2.5 oz.

Dental Cat Treats

Dental treats are good for their teeth and good for their morale. For some cats, these are great as a training treat, too!

PUPTECK Soft Mesh Cat Vest Harness and Leash Set Puppy Padded Pet Harnesses Escape Proof for Cats Small Dogs Rabbits Bunny, Black Large

Cat Harness

For adventurous type who want to train their cats to walk on leash, or take them outside safely, this snug harness should keep them comfortably safe.

Gifts for the First Time Cat Owner: Wooden cat tree with tan pillows shown.

Cat Tree and Scratching Post

From their perch high above, a cat can survey their realm with the proper catly disdain for all the lower life.

Catstages Tower of Tracks Interactive 3-Tier Cat Toy

Tower of Tracks Cat Toy

Keep that cat on the move with this tower set – they’ll work off some angst here instead of on your legs.

Upgrade Pet Grooming Gloves Cat Brushes for Gentle Shedding - Efficient Pets Hair Remover Mittens - Dog Washing Gloves for Long and Short Hair Dogs & Cats & Horses - 1 Pair (Blue)

Grooming Gloves

Some cats are absolutely amazing at keeping themselves groomed. Then there are the other long-haired cats who look like bramble bushes with legs. Save them from themselves.

TEMPTATIONS Classic Treats for Cats Tantalizing Turkey Flavor 6.3 Ounces (Pack of 10)

Classic Treats for Cats

A favorite treat among many cat friends, we always keep some of these on hand when we go visiting. We’re not above bribing cats to like us!

SPOT Ethical Products Ethical Wide Colorful Springs Cat Toy, Medium Breeds

Colorful Springs Cat Toy

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s an exceptionally springy cat toy! Active cats will enjoy chasing these springs around the house.

Close up of a finger with a sparkly red and white Santa hat on it.

Mini Santa Hat

Some very special cats actually enjoy wearing a hat for photo ops. If yours is one of them, don’t deprive the world of those pictures.

Silver heart locket with a paw print on it and a cat photo inside.

Portrait Necklace

This is a sweet gift for a new owner – they call it a memorial gift but I say it’s better to carry them near your heart from the beginning, not after they’ve left you.

Person holding a teal color cat carrier where the cats head sticks out and looks like a lion.

Pet Carrier

Whether just going to the vet around the corner, or flying across the country, cats prefer to travel in style, safe from prying eyes and possibly dog noses in their own carrier.

First-time cat owners are not the only people that like getting gifts for their family members. Check out our other gift ideas for cat lovers below:

Big or little, young or old, there’s something for every cat that might be adopted or rescued. Be sure to congratulate the new owner with a little something to welcome their cat to the family with one of these gifts for the first time cat owner!

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